Who wouldn’t love a beautiful lush green lawn? Like swimming pools, it’s something that we all desire but it means that you have to know what you are doing and take care of your lawn in order to make it perfect. We will provide you with some top tips to help you to achieve that perfect looking lawn.
Most of us don’t do much with our lawns other than mow them and it’s only when we see an issue that we decide to do something about it. The issue is at this point it can be a little too late to fix it as prevention always is better than the cure! It is best to be well prepared and plan well as you need to be ahead of any issue. If you take the time to learn about what a lawn needs you can plan for it and be prepared and make sure that you can keep problems from happening in the first place instead of having to deal with then when it’s too late.
We all look at the green part of any plant to see how well its doing and if we have any issues we head for remedies that treat the surface such as moss killer, weed killer, fertiliser etc. However, what we don’t consider is that many of the issues that we have with our lawns are actually beneath the surface and are related to the soil. In order to achieve the perfect lawn, we need to make sure that our soil is healthy and providing the perfect environment for grass to be able to grow.
How often do you turn your soil over? It’s an area of gardening that gets neglected. The key to a good lawn is aeration which needs to be done correctly. If you aerate your garden a couple of times a year you will soon see how the condition of your lawn improves. In order for grass to grow, the roots need air to allow them to breathe. Quite often, the soil is not sandy enough and therefore roots don’t get the amount of air that they need and consequently the grass doesn’t grow as well as it should. Hiding in most garden sheds is the key to aeration i.e. gardening tools. The tool that you need for this job is a garden fork, and you’ll need to create holes into the soil and then fill these holes with sand. This method enables the surface water to flow and provide the roots with much needed oxygen.
You need to make sure that you feed your lawn and it needs to be done each season, remembering to use the correct type of food to suit the season. Each time you cut your grass you are removing precious nutrients from the grass. By fertilising the grass, you are replacing these nutrients. Create a feeding programme and stick to it as this will make a huge difference to your lawn and how it grows. From the start of spring start to fertilise your lawn every month. You should be able to find lawn fertilisers which are a mix of phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen. Follow the instructions on the package which will tell you how much to use.
Watering is very important if you want to have a perfect green lawn. Humidity and temperature play a role in how often you need to water your lawn. You can tell when your lawn needs watering as it will have a tint of blue/grey and any older grass blades will begin to wilt or curl. If you are planning on planting a lawn, then you will need to water this once a day on order for the seeds to germinate. Use this guide for new lawn germinating specifically.
You need to make sure that you are mowing your lawn correctly. Bear in mind you are not cutting a sports field grass, so don’t cut your lawn too short or you use blunt blades as you will cause damage to your lawn. Make sure that you sharpen your blades a few times each year and avoid cutting more than a third of the length of the grass. It is also worth knowing what the best grass levels should be during each season. For example, in the summer it is worth keeping the grass a little longer in order to prevent water shortage. Mowing your lawn also helps to thicken your lawn. What’s important is that you cut little and often rather than a lot in one go. Additionally, you need to change the direction that you mow each time that you mow so that the grass isn’t pressed in the same way each time.
Aside of using garden mulch, you need to be persistent in order to succeed when it comes to weed control, just like with pest control. You will need to manually remove small weeds such as white clover, for dandelions of daisies you will need to use a root weeder and get as much of the root out in order to prevent them coming back. If this doesn’t work the last resort is to use herbicides. If you have a situation where your lawn has become overtaken by weeds, you will need to consider starting from the beginning and use rolled turf or field turf.
It is worth recording what you do to your lawn each time that you do it and see what’s worked well and what’s not. This will help you to learn a lot about your lawn and will prove to be far more valuable than any other source of information.
Winter is a time that usually means lawns are not tended to. This however can have repercussions. You need to make sure that you clean away debris all year round and feed your grass as we mentioned above. This way your lawn will be ready for any season and the notes that you have created for yourself will help you to observe and modify what you are doing with your lawn. Use some of these tips to get your lawn ready for the colder months.
We are sure that out top tips will be very useful in helping you to achieve that perfect lush green lawn next to your asphalt driveway that will be the envy of your neighbourhood.